10 results for tag: book review


How to Pull Yourself Back from the Brink of Your Caffeine-Driven, Smart Phone-Addicted Life

This is a guest post by Scott Eblin. Scott is an executive coach, speaker and author of two books, including his latest “Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative”. To learn more about Scott and his work, visit his website eblingroup.com. You can also connect with Scott on Twitter: @ScottEblin. On a summer Sunday night four years ago, I found myself standing in front of a roomful of about 80 corporate managers who probably didn’t want to be there. They had just finished the first week of a high-profile leadership development program in one of the world’s largest companies and week two was scheduled to start at 7:30 am the next ...

Seth Godin on How to Become a Linchpin Leader

"You have been brainwashed by school and by the system into believing that your job is to do your job and follow instructions. It’s not, not anymore. If your career is not doing as well as you’d hoped, perhaps it’s because the rules of the game changed, and no one told you. You can train yourself to matter – become a Linchpin leader." – Seth Godin Ask Seth Godin how we can be indispensable at work. His answer: "Be a linchpin." Godin defines linchpin as a "human being who is doing original, brave work; a person who we would have trouble living without. Somebody whom we would miss if they were gone." Godin says we have a paucity of linchpins ...

How Best Leaders Use the 8 C’s of Trust

We all know trust, not money, is the currency of business and life. World leaders confirmed this when they convened in 2009 at the World Economic Forum in China, declaring that the world today is suffering from the biggest crisis of all times – lack of trust. From massive fraud in business to scandals in athletics, the world is rife with trust issues.    In his book Trust Edge, author David Horsager explores the underlying connection between genuine success and trust. His research unveils how trust has the ability to either accelerate or destroy organizations and relationship. First, let’s start with Horsager’s definition of trust: ...

How to Make a Difference People Love: Insights from Largest-ever Study on Award-Winning Work

What constitutes great work? How do you really make a difference people love? David Sturt, EVP of O.C. Tanner Institute, spearheaded the world’s largest-ever study on award-winning work. Instead of most research that focuses on personality traits, O.C. Tanner took a different approach and focused on the work itself - under what conditions it happens, and what people are doing when they produce it.  “Think about how your work affects others, look at the larger purpose of your work and who it benefits, and see yourself as a potential difference-maker.” Here are seven distilled insights on how anyone can have great work – that is, to ...

Our Father, the Grand Weaver: by Ravi Zacharias

Every one of us asks the perennial question at some point in life: “Is my life just random and meaningless strands of thread, or could they possibly be precise designs woven with remarkable care, thought, and intent?” Ravi Zacharias in his life-changing book, The Grand Weaver, suggests that God intervenes in the lives of every one of us and speaks to us in different ways and at different times. Not only is God the Creator and Author of life, but also as Ravi likes to say, God is the Grand Weaver that pulls each thread into a work of art that displays his magnificent and unfathomable workmanship. (more…)

6 Ways to Make Your Idea Contagious

How has Korean singer Psy’s “Gangnam Style” video managed to generate more than 1.5 billion views on YouTube? Why did the video clip from a small non-profit organization calling to capture Joseph Kony become a media sensation, making it one of the 20 most shared ads on social media in 2012? Jonah Berger, a professor of marketing at Wharton School identifies six ingredients that make ideas, products, and campaigns become contagious. In his new book, Contagious: Why Things Catch On, Berger summarizes his framework in an easy-to-remember acronym STEPPS: social currency, triggers, emotion, public, practical value, and stories. When you ...

Harvard Business School Professor Asks “How Will You Measure Your Life?”

The Book How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, and Karen Dillon; Harper Business. The Author Clayton Christensen is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, where he teaches one of the most popular elective classes for second year students, Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise. He is regarded as one of the world’s top experts on innovation and growth and his ideas have been widely used in industries and organizations throughout the world. A 2011 cover story in Forbes magazine noted that ‘’Everyday business leaders call him or make the pilgrimage to ...

Ken Blanchard on How Great Leaders GROW

If you are born between 1982 and 2002, you are a member of the Generational Y (a.k.a Millennial) cohort. As a member of this cohort myself, I see a prevailing belief that derailed the growth of many emerging leaders. In essence, the belief that only experience and age can enable someone to become a leader has been an attitude endemic among Millennials. The fact of the matter is the world is experiencing an influx of Millennials in the workforce where many of their colleagues may be a Baby Boomer (anyone born between 1946-1964). Naturally, a younger colleague like myself may find it presumptuous to take action to lead when you have a room of seasoned ...

“Why” Always Trumps the “What” and “How”

I would urge you to start off this blog post by watching this 18-minute TED video from Simon Sinek. This is arguably the best TED video I've seen this year. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp0HIF3SfI4] Why are some leaders more persuasive and inspiring than others? What inspiring qualities have cemented Apple, Martin Luther King Jr, and the Wright Brothers into their iconic status as leaders in spite of intense competition in this red ocean market? Simon Sinek offers a simple, effective principle: Start with Why. In fact, these leaders have utilized this principle whether knowingly or unwittingly. The more you dissect these great ...

How: Why How We Do Anything Means Everything

I am giving away one a copy of Dov Seidman's book How: Why How We Do Anything Means Everything. To enter to win, please do two things. Please LIKE my Facebook Salt+Light page (Click here) and COMMENT on this blog post and I’ll be randomly selecting and announcing the winner on Tuesday, July 10th. The following is a great book review of Seidman's book from Great Lakes Geek.  In the Preface, author Dov Seidman states, "This is a HOW book, not a how-to book. What's the difference between how-to and HOW? Everything." The premise is that what you do can quickly and easily be copied, reverse-engineered and commoditized by others. The author ...